The World Health Organization (WHO) constantly strives to find the healthiest way to live and feed us. A new study conducted by them reveals that the Nordic or Mediterranean diet could reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes or coronary heart disease. The objective of making this information known is to reduce cardiovascular problems such as overweight or obesity.
While most of us know what the Mediterranean diet is, with Nordic the same thing does not happen. We tell you what your diet is based on and why the WHO recommends following it.
What is the Nordic diet?
According to the WHO, the Nordic diet is quite similar to the Mediterranean diet, but it is based on foods from Northern Europe (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). Even if we are not in the same geographical area, we can take the same diet because most of the food is easily found.
Although the Mediterranean diet is characterized by being rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, cereals, olive oil and animal proteins such as fish, chicken and dairy products; The Nordic diet is similar, only it focuses more on the consumption of red fruits, legumes, whole grains, fatty fish and rapeseed oil.
This diet is less known, and that is why the WHO wants the whole planet to be aware of the diet that is followed in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland or Denmark. There are several studies that have shown that it is ideal to lose weight and improve our health in the short term.
Much more fish
One of the points that differentiates the Nordic from the Mediterranean is the null presence of olive oil and its replacement by the rapeseed. It is logical because in the countries of Northern Europe do not have the same vegetation, or climate to grow olive trees and produce olive oil.
In addition, the Nordic diet greatly values the consumption of fish and almost completely eliminates saturated fats. In a general way, we could say that in this type of food they can not miss:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Cereals and whole grains (oats, rye, barley…)
- Fish, especially fatty ones such as mackerel, salmon or herring. They usually take it several times a week
- Dairy products with a low fat content
Do you want to know how they set their priorities?
- Eat habitually Vegetables, legumes, seeds, cereals and whole grains, nuts (nuts), fish (fatty), seafood, red fruits and rapeseed oil.
- Eat occasionally. Eggs, dairy and game meat.
- Eat on time. Red meats
- Avoid its consumption. Products with added sugar (ultra processed, drinks…), processed foods, additives, alcohol and fast food.